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Gabourey Sidibe: Hollywood’s precious actress

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe was just like anyone of us before she hit stardom. Until she was given her break in 2009 when she was offered to star in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

Born on May 6, 1983, her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an American Gospel and R & B singer, who appeared in the fifth season of American Idol in 2010. Her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a taxi driver  who hailed from Senegal.

Prior to her acting career, Sidibe worked as a receptionist at the Fresh Air Fund’s office.

In Precious, Gabourey Sidibe played the eponymous character, a 16-year-old girl who was illiterate, obese and a mother of two (she was raped by her father). The film depicted Precious’ plight from the hands of her abusive mother.

The role garnered her critical acclaim, awards from various film critics’ circles, as well as best actress nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA. 


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